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Millennium Way: Meriden and Berkswell

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Millennium Way: Meriden and Berkswell
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 30 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Millennium Way: Meriden and Berkswell Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Meriden and Berkswell Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Meriden and Berkswell Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Meriden and Berkswell Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Meriden and Berkswell Walking Guide
West Midlands, Meriden
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Meriden and Berkswell
Length: 9 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Meriden and Berkswell Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Meriden and Berkswell Walking Guide
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An 8.5 mile circular walk from the village of Meriden in the West Midlands. The walk starts from the medieval stone cross on the village green, reputed to mark the centre of England. Meriden is also the mid-point of the 100 mile long distance walking path known as The Millennium Way, a delightful walk which runs from Pershore to Meriden then down to Middleton Cheney. Our circular walk incorporates the two northern sections of the Millennium Way, joined by a short link through the delightful village of Berkswell and the lake at Berkswell Hall. The way is clearly waymarked with the distinctive black Millennium Way circular waymarkers.

The walk includes just a few steady gradients and follows a mixture of tracks, lanes and field paths. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates and footbridges plus 8 stiles, all of which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through. You will be sharing some of the fields with livestock. Allow 4 hours.

The Millennium Way is a beautiful 100 mile walk in the heart of England, from Pershore in Worcestershire to Middleton Cheney in Northamptonshire. The route was created by the 41 Club as a community project, with something to offer every walker or rambler across Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. This is one of 44 circular walks, each of which incorporates a section of the Millennium Way and is published in partnership with 41 Club.

Meriden is located just south of the A45, between Coventry and Solihull in the West Midlands. The walk starts from the standing cross on the village green and roadside parking is available in the village. Approximate post code CV7 7LN.

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Walk Sections

Start to Berkswell Road
Start to Berkswell Road

Start point: 52.4377 lat, -1.6495 long
End point: 52.4309 lat, -1.6417 long

Our walk starts from the mediaeval stone cross situated on the village green in Meriden. The village claims to be the very centre of England and a sandstone pillar-shaped monument to that effect stands on the village green. This medieval village cross is a Grade II listed artefact. From the mediaeval stone cross, walk down the road with shops on your left, pass the Cyclists Memorial (commemorating all the cyclists who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars). At the Bulls Head pub, cross the road and take the driveway opposite into Meriden Hall.

At the end of the metal railings, take a signed passageway right, then at the end of the passageway take a large kissing gate and go left (with a hedge on your left) to take a wooden kissing gate. Go ahead, with a wall and interesting building to your left. At the end of wall go diagonally right (about 1 o’clock) up the hill to find a mid-fence metal gate. Take the gate and go diagonally left across the field corner to take a mid-fence stile. Go ahead over the stile to a wire fence, and continue ahead with the fence on your right to take a stile leading to the road.

Berkswell Road to St Laurence Church
Berkswell Road to St Laurence Church

Start point: 52.4309 lat, -1.6417 long
End point: 52.432 lat, -1.6302 long

Cross the road with care and take a kissing gate into the field. Go diagonally left to cross the field and find a corner kissing gate. Take the gate and go right (with the hedge on your right) to exit the field by a kissing gate. Go ahead, keeping the hedge on your right. Halfway along this field, look for a wide gap in the hedge on your right. Take the gap and then go left (keeping the hedge on your left), towards the copse and overhead power lines. Here you will have the first view of St Laurence Church. Continue on with the copse to your left, to find a waymarked grassy exit track on your left. Take the track and exit to the road via a gap next to a large metal gate. Go right on the road, passing St Laurence Church.

St Laurence Church to Cottages
St Laurence Church to Cottages

Start point: 52.432 lat, -1.6302 long
End point: 52.4146 lat, -1.6184 long

Continue on (ignoring the public footpath sign) for a further 75 yards, passing Moat House Farm (pictured - a beautiful timber-framed farmhouse with interesting chimney-stacks) to find Fentham House on your right at the road corner. Take the short grassy vehicle track to the left of Fentham House to find a narrow gap by a gate. Go through the gap to take a permissive path, and go diagonally right across the field to exit by the far-right corner gate.

Go ahead on the track, keeping the hedge on your left and a wire fence on your right. Continue ahead on a track with a hedge on your left to find a kissing gate on the left. Go through this kissing gate and follow the direction of the waymark to cross the field corner to reach the edge of Millison's Wood ahead. On reaching the woodland edge, go right (keeping the wood on your left). Halfway along the wood you will come to a solitary way post, pointing to a narrow path right across the field. Go right along this narrow path across the field, to pass to the left of a lone oak, to reach the corner of a wood. (NOTE: This apparent doubling back is to ensure public rights of way are followed.) Go ahead for 50m (with the wood on your right) to find a kissing gate at the corner. Take the kissing gate then go over a bridge into a field. Go right for 25 paces then turn left up the field centre to a skyline hedge gap. Go through the gap and continue ahead with the hedge on your left. Follow the track around the corner then past a barn on your right, and take the kissing gate to the road.

Go left on the road, passing Shirley Lane and the entrance to a farm shop, continue under power lines and take a kissing gate right opposite Oak Farm. Follow the direction of the waymarker across the field to the top far-corner kissing gate. Go through this kissing gate and continue down the field to the far-left corner gate. Go through the gate and continue ahead along the short track to take a kissing gate to the road. Go right and, after some 250 paces, pass two cottages on your left.

Cottages to Berkswell Church
Cottages to Berkswell Church

Start point: 52.4146 lat, -1.6184 long
End point: 52.4098 lat, -1.6431 long

Facing the last cottage, the footpath is across the front garden (keeping the hedge on your right). Continue past the cottage on your left and the hedge on your right, then up the back garden to exit by a fence gap to find a hidden passage. Take the passage to reach a kissing gate and continue along the grassy track (with a hedge on your right and pylons far right) to reach a far corner kissing gate.

Take the kissing gate and go left, with a hedge on your left, to take a field corner kissing gate. Go right to a hedge gap, continuing ahead under overhead cables to the next hedge gap (by a metal waypost). Go through the gap, continue ahead (with the hedge on your left), take the field corner stile, go through the collecting paddock and go over a stile to the road. Here we turn left on the road and, after some 40 paces, take a driveway right. Just before Sunnyview Cottage, take the hidden waymarked passage left, then go over a step stile into a field. Go right for 40 paces to a gate. (At this point we leave The Millennium Way for a little while.)

With your back to the gate, go diagonally right towards some trees and a kissing gate. Take the kissing gate and continue directly ahead across the field towards a gap in the far hedge. Take the kissing gate here and continue directly ahead, to walk past a clump of three trees in the middle of the field. Continue on the same heading to find a kissing gate in the field corner, just to the right of the houses which you will see ahead. Take the kissing gate then go through a short passageway to the road. Turn left towards the crossroads, where you will find the Bear Inn, a delightful old pub in the village of Berkswell, which dates back to the 16th century and was used by Cromwell’s troops in the civil war.

Go directly over the crossroads into Lavender Hall Lane, then after a few yards, turn diagonally right up Church Lane towards the attractive 12th century Norman church of St. John the Baptist. The village of Berkswell takes its name from Bercul, a Saxon landowner and the 16ft square stone-walled well near the church is said to have been used for baptisms by immersion.

Berkswell Church to Quiet Road
Berkswell Church to Quiet Road

Start point: 52.4098 lat, -1.6431 long
End point: 52.4203 lat, -1.67 long

Continue ahead through the churchyard to take a gate, then go through a small wood and on to a long section of boardwalk through a field, with views of Berkswell Hall (built c.1815) to your right. Cross the bridge over a stream, continue to a kissing gate and turn immediately right, to rejoin the waymarked Millennium Way. Pass through a small wood and follow the well-defined path through the field, heading for the corner kissing gate at the wood edge. You have lovely views of the lake and hall to your right.

Go through a kissing gate at the corner of the field into a small wood, then continue around the field keeping the hedge to your right, the path eventually passing a wood on your right to arrive at a wooden kissing gate. Take the kissing gate and turn right to follow the field edge, with a hedge to your right, for 200 paces to find another wooden kissing gate. Turn right through the kissing gate into the wood. Turn left along the woodland edge, keeping to the right of a pond. Continue ahead along the attractive woodland path and over a wooden stile, keeping a hedge to your left. As the path approaches a farm, turn right at a gatepost and go with a high broken hedge on your left.

Head gently downhill and go through a kissing gate in the field corner, then go ahead to cross a bridge over a stream and through a metal gate. Head across the field towards a stile. Go over the stile, bear left along the path at the edge of quarry works, then turn right at the road.

Quiet Road to End
Quiet Road to End

Start point: 52.4203 lat, -1.67 long
End point: 52.4379 lat, -1.6497 long

Continue along the surfaced road eventually passing through a wooden gate next to a large metal gate. Stay ahead on the road to reach a metal gate on your left, just before the entrance to Park Farm.

Go through the gate and take the fenced footpath, with the quarry workings to your left. Stay on the path with a fence to your left until you reach the road. Turn right onto the road and, after 50 paces (just before the entrance to Cornets End Farm), turn left through a concealed kissing gate along a path with quarry workings on your left. Continue over a footbridge, the path now turning right. Follow the path around, with quarry workings on your left, shortly to join a rising fenced path. Continue up this rising path between fences and keep a sharp lookout for a large metal kissing gate on your right (partly obscured by a small tree).

Go through the kissing gate and go diagonally left across the field (following the direction of the black Millennium Way waymark) then go downhill to a metal gate. Cross the field corner to take a metal gate and wooden bridge. Go diagonally left up the field to the furthest corner, then through a large metal kissing gate on to a surfaced track. Cross the track to follow the waymarker and continue on the footpath for a little over 100 yards, to reach a waymarked gap on your right adjacent to a stile. Go down this enclosed footpath to find the road. Go right on the road to a roundabout, then turn right and you have arrived back in Meriden, where the walk began.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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